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The Resource Diary of an undocumented immigrant, Ramón "Tianguis" Pérez ; translated by Dick J. Reavis

Diary of an undocumented immigrant, Ramón "Tianguis" Pérez ; translated by Dick J. Reavis

Label
Diary of an undocumented immigrant
Title
Diary of an undocumented immigrant
Statement of responsibility
Ramón "Tianguis" Pérez ; translated by Dick J. Reavis
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
Perez, an undocumented worker from a small town in Oaxaca, depicts his life over a period of several years in the States in the mid-1980s, ending with his return to Mexico after the passage of the Simpson-Rodino immigration law. When he tells of crossing the border under the watchful eye of the guides who take illegals into the U.S., the book resembles a Jim Thompson thriller--a nicely observed narrative recounted in a flat, amoral tone, casually littered with atmospheric detail from the seamy underside. Once Perez arrives in the States, the book is uneven, veering in tone between the blue-collar rhythms of Richard Price and tedious nostalgia for Perez's village. The biggest drawbacks, however, are the fault of the publisher. First, there is no supporting material to put Perez's experience into a historical context, in spite of references to a 1950s program allowing part-time Mexican agricultural workers in the U.S. The more glaring flaw is a translation that swings wildly between a Hollywood idea of how peasants speak, bad pseudo-poetry (``Parts of the dump are like lakes of sour water on which an infinitude of trash is floating'') and mistranslated idioms.
Member of
Assigning source
Publishers Weekly
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
LC call number
HD8081.M6
LC item number
P4713 1991
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Diary of an undocumented immigrant, Ramón "Tianguis" Pérez ; translated by Dick J. Reavis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of: Diario de un mojado
Control code
23220067
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
237 p.
Isbn
9781558850323
Lccn
91007869
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1991 (SW Writers Access. No. 91-140). Presentation letter from Dick J. Reavis (1 page) laid in.
Label
Diary of an undocumented immigrant, Ramón "Tianguis" Pérez ; translated by Dick J. Reavis
Publication
Note
Translation of: Diario de un mojado
Control code
23220067
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
237 p.
Isbn
9781558850323
Lccn
91007869
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1991 (SW Writers Access. No. 91-140). Presentation letter from Dick J. Reavis (1 page) laid in.

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